Q&A with Jim Gates
National Medal of Science Laureate Jim Gates talked about the process by which a scientist is nominated and selected for the highest honor… read more
National Medal of Science Laureate Jim Gates talked about the process by which a scientist is nominated and selected for the highest honor the U.S. government bestows upon scientists. He detailed memories from his childhood, and how he developed an interest in science as a young student. He shared the story about a PBS Science Now video he appeared in titled, “30 Second Science.” The goal of the video was to explain the fundamentals of the scientific research of string theory in physics in 30 seconds. He told of his continuing dedication to teaching and explained entering his 41st year as a teacher.
Professor Gates was born in Tampa, Florida, and received a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph. D. in physics from M.I.T. He is the Regents Professor of Physics with the University System of Maryland, and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics and the Director of the University of Maryland’s Center for String and Particle Theory. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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